Dropbox is a great service that can help free up extra space on your iPad by allowing you to save documents to the web rather than your iPad's storage. This is really great if you want access to a lot of pictures without taking up so much space that you must limit the number of apps you have installed on the device.
Another great feature of Dropbox is the ease of transferring files from your iPad to your PC or vice versa. There's no need to fiddle around with the 30-pin connector and iTunes, just open Dropbox on your iPad and choose the files you want to upload. Once uploaded, they'll appear in your computer's Dropbox folder.
To get started, we'll walk through the steps to get Dropbox working on your PC. Dropbox works with Windows, Mac OS and Linux, and it is functionally the same in each of these operating systems. If you don't want to install Dropbox on your PC, you can also download the iPad application and simply register for an account inside the app.
First, go to the Dropbox website at www.dropbox.com.
Next, you'll want to download the Dropbox application by clicking on the big blue button in the middle of the screen.
While it downloads, go ahead an setup a new account. Do this by clicking on the "Sign in" link a the top right of the screen. This will drop down a box with a "Create an account" link. Click this link to get started creating an account. You will only need to supply your name, email address and a password to get started.
After you've registered for an account, finish the process by installing the Dropbox app. This specifics of this step will depend on your browser. For example, Internet Explorer 9 will prompt you at the bottom of the screen to run the application after the download, Chrome will simply show the download at the bottom of the screen and Firefox will show the download in a new Downloads window.
Once you install Dropbox, you will have access to a special Dropbox folder. Dragging items to this folder will allow you to access them from multiple devices, including other computers.
Note: Dropbox gives you 2 GB of free space and you can earn 250 MB of extra space by completing 5 of 7 steps in the "Get Started" section. You can also get extra space by recommending friends, but if you really need a jump in space, you can go to one of the pro plans.